"Tri-X 400. Nikon FA, F1.4 at 1/60 of a second. I accidentally overcooked the negative in a D76 soup that was too hot to begin with, but the resulting effect really illuminates the experience even with the scance information in the composition - his closed eyes, the microphone camouflaging his gaping mouth.
"Nonetheless, what we have here is Fred Cole, lead singer of the Pierced Arrows, who prior to the Arrows formed the legendary Dead Moon along with his wife Toody Cole (also in Pierced Arrows). Cole would enlighten and frighten the audience, like any good pastor, singing with the fury, fire and jubilation of a punk-rock gospel singer. This show was absolutely enrapturing."
Six Organs of Admittance, Walter's on Washington, January 18: "Elisa Ambrogio is absolutely charming when she's not rocking the hell out."
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Walter's on Washington, January 24: "Taken on a hulking Nikon F2 - that would be the one that doesn't have a light meter. Shot at 1/30 of a second for maximum energy."
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
X, Warehouse Live, June 3: "That scrunched-up face was captured with Kodak C41 film. A little noisy but still good in a pinch." - Rosa Guerrero